Kintore station set for opening
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The first stopping services at the new Kintore train station are set to arrive on Thursday, October 15.
A spokeswoman for Network Rail said: "The £15m station will reconnect Kintore to the rail network for the first time in 56 years.
"The station has been funded by Transport Scotland, Aberdeenshire Council and Nestrans and will have step-free access between platforms via a footbridge with lifts.
"A new car park is available with 168 spaces, 24 spaces for electric vehicles and 12 disabled parking spaces.
"For cyclists there are also bike storage facilities, connections into the local bus network and a connection to the A96 cycle path.
"We are pleased to have been able to incorporate historic features from the previous station, including heritage benches restored by Inverurie Men’s Shed, and the original signal box signs donated by a local farmer."
Local councillor Glen Reid welcomed the announcement: “This is great news that the long awaited opening of the station will happen next week.
"The first trains calling will be - 6.36am Aberdeen to Inverness; 6.43am Inverness to Aberdeen; 6.56am Inverurie to Stonehaven and the 7.23am Inverurie to Aberdeen
"This will be transformational for Kintore and the surrounding area."
Long-time campaigner for a Kintore station councillor Martin Ford said: “I am delighted Kintore station will be opening next Thursday.
"It’s a major event in the history of the town and will provide an excellent train service for residents.”
Full timetables which came into effect from August but which are only now being fully instigated can be found at https://www.scotrail.co.uk/plan-your-journey/timetables-and-routes